legitim

[lej-i-tim]
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noun Roman and Civil Law, Scots Law.

the part of an estate that children or other close relatives can claim against the decedent's testament.

Nearby words

  1. legislatorial,
  2. legislatrix,
  3. legislature,
  4. legist,
  5. legit,
  6. legitimacy,
  7. legitimate,
  8. legitimate government,
  9. legitimation,
  10. legitimatize

Also le·git·i·me [li-jit-uh-mee] /lɪˈdʒɪt əˌmi/.

Origin of legitim

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin lēgitima (pars) the lawful (part), equivalent to lēgi- (stem of lēx law) + -tima, feminine of -timus adj. suffix

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